My last estate sale venture yielded up these lamps, the pair for $20. They were obviously good quality vintage, but the color did not quite work with the strong coral shades in the guest room.
|They actually appear fairly coral in this photo, but they were rosier.|
|The coverlet and pillows are red coral.|
The backside of the comforter is turquoise.
The old lamps are OK, but kind of blah.
When I first saw these, I thought they were coral, but when seen in the bright light of outdoors, they were more rose.
|After one coat|
I knew I was going to alter them some anyway, so the rosy part got some chalk paint in 'Florence'. The two-tone metal was coated with Ben Moore's 'Warm Silver'.
|the one on the left has been coated with warm silver|
|Here, the metals on both are coated.|
Yes, that is an upside down charger I am using to turn them as I go.
|Here I coated the harps and finials, too.|
Styrofoam is a great way to reuse something that it is not biodegradable.
You can stand things up in this material so you can paint.
I dug up two lampshades from the attic stash, and presto-chango, new lamps!
I elected to leave the Chalk Paint finish chalky, no wax or sealer. It took two coats to get total coverage. In the end I chose turquoise over coral for two reasons: (1) I already had this color, and (2) one of them sits in front of the curtains. I think the contrast works better.
I like them! What do you think?
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